Felony Disenfranchisement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on:  9/9/2018
  • Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this — surprise — is Florida.Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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  • monsterfurby 9 months ago

    German prisons actively encourage and enable people to vote (only way to get disenfranchised is treason and electoral fraud, apparently, and those sanctions are always time-limited). In my opinion, that's the right way to go about it. Voting gives people a stake in the society they live in. It makes them consider the kind of country they want to see. And being at the mercy of the state to a particularly high degree makes it even more important for those imprisoned to be able to vote.

  • Anssi_Ilari 2 days ago

    In Finland you cant lose your right to vote at all, at first i didnt guite believe it but checked multiple sources so i guess it's true.

  • orlock20 1 months ago

    @MrDecessus Then why can't people in the U.S. that have committed felonies visit other countries? That's because other countries aren't loving either.

  • Casimir Guitars 9 months ago

    I find it braindead that to legally gain your voting rights back you have to appear before a board that does not work with the legal system.

  • Sam 2 months ago

    A board run by a man who will be acutely aware of the likelihood the disproportionately high number of black people he judges will vote for him. Sometimes America out-muricas itself. This is one of those times. Like the judge who got paid to send kids to jail.

  • Mary Rose Kent 3 months ago

    Espeonage the Espeon Spy I concur.

  • The amendment just got passed

  • Michael Bright 1 months ago

    @kacsa00001 not true. Many laws are racist intentionally without using racist wording.Lawmakers are quite accomplished at that.

  • darickf 9 months ago

    "There's no standards. So we can make any decision we want."Sounds perfectly fair to me ... assuming you live in a totalitarian dictatorship where human rights have been declared illegal. Btw ... asking if you go to church is a blatant violaion of the first amendment which gives you the right to choose any religion you like including none at all.

  • raphael44ify 16 days ago

    @Real Shaoran They haven't really evolved from the Puritans, have they? They ran from Britain and Europe because they felt they didn't have religious freedom. Then they made sure that no-one else had. Almost as late as freaking 1700 they were hanging people for witchcraft.

  • Tiny Bubble 5 months ago

    @Susan Williams EXACTLY! It's terrifying that our original reason to be a free country (taxation without representation) has gone out the window.

  • randomperson8571 9 months ago

    "Uh so why won't you allow me to vote even though I'm doing everything right?" "lol i just dun feel like it" the epitome of apathy and selfishness in American politics

  • Calum Bishop 8 months ago

    Cryptonymicus, Maybe in other more equal countries I can understand, but in the US the system there is definitively flawed, a lot of innocent people are put in jail for crimes they did not commit, furthermore the inequality divide in the US can be so prevalent that people may have to make money any way they can. Furthermore, prison is technically meant to be a place of reform for criminals. Also,​ say you did something stupid like drink driving, you should get a chance at reform if you screw up. (This ...

  • Kye Talks 8 months ago

    @Cryptonymicus A drug addict went to jail for drug possession, got clean, then devoted his life to helping others get clean also, and you STILL think he's a bad guy?? Christ I hope you have no skeletons in your closet or else you're gonna look like a big hypocrite...

  • Natalio Maldonado 7 months ago

    We are happy to say that Amendment 4 passed last night.

  • kefkapalazzo1 9 months ago

    I bet all those Florida stories happened in two days

  • Daniel Jakes 8 months ago

    kefkapalazzo1 two hours.

  • jv7x 7 months ago

    This story has a happy ending! It passed! 64% Way to go Florida!

  • huber7777 7 months ago

    Good news everybody, Florida passed the amendment and 1.4 million felons can now vote again!

  • Aaron B 15 days ago

    @dorpth no one's going to have a debate with you short bus snowflake

  • dorpth 15 days ago

    @Aaron B So we should take away your right to vote for all the stupid comments you post?I would trust a drug dealer with the right to vote way before I'd trust someone who shows up to a neo nazi rally. Yet the latter would be the one gets to vote according to your dumb system.

  • CasualVader 9 months ago

    This panel sounds super illegal to me.

  • George B. Wolffsohn 9 months ago

    @JuicetÜne VVeeB MYOB🇺🇸

  • George B. Wolffsohn 9 months ago

    @Catherine Elmore VOTE FLORIDA, VOTE ! VOTE BLUE WHATEVER YOU DO 🇺🇸